The Clean Energy Council has congratulated RATCH on the news that Ergon Energy has inked a 15-year agreement to purchase the power from the Mount Emerald Wind Farm in Far North Queensland.
Clean Energy Council Chief Executive Kane Thornton said the wind farm was the successful bidder for a renewable energy tender run by Ergon Energy, and would be the first built in Queensland for more than 15 years.
“Queensland is out-shining the rest of the nation on rooftop solar power, but it has a lot of ground to make up in large-scale renewable energy. The good news is that the Mount Emerald Wind Farm will create about 150 jobs and inject $100-150 million directly into the economy during construction,” Mr Thornton said.
“The Queensland Government has set an ambitious renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030. There is a lot of work to do to over the next 15 years, and the Mount Emerald Wind Farm will be just the beginning as the state pushes towards this major milestone.
“This project is also a positive step towards the delivery of the national Renewable Energy Target policy by 2020.
“It is fantastic to see the leadership by the government in encouraging more clean energy for the benefit of all Queenslanders,” he said.
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